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Gerrard Winstanley

TONY BENN AND PAUL MASON ON GERRARD WINSTANLEY

NEW TITLE FROM VERSO’S ‘REVOLUTIONS’ SERIES:

GERRARD WINSTANLEY:­ A COMMON TREASURY

Introduced by TONY BENN

Published 10th April 2011

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EVENT:

TONY BENN in conversation with PAUL MASON at the Southbank Centre on WINSTANLEY, the Diggers and English radicalism.

Monday 23rd May, 2011

Part of the Festival ofBritain

More information and tickets: http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word/tickets/tony-benn-57704

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”Sick to death of the royal wedding? Then where better to take refuge than in the radical ruminations of Gerrard Winstanley, the voice of revolutionary republican England?…a useful and inspiring collection” — SOCIALIST REVIEW http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=11625

”With house prices at ridiculous levels and employment plummeting, perhaps this neat introduction to Winstanley’s writings could provide an excellent instruction manual for a new breed of 21st century Digger?” —  MORNING STAR http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/content/view/full/103449
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In Spring 1649, at the end of the English Civil War, Gerrard Winstanley and his comrades, the Diggers, went to St George’s Hill to farm the common land and to distribute the food amongst themselves. Winstanley’s extraordinary writings from this period have remained a huge influence for many on the left, and are cited as some of the earliest examples of communist thought.

Legendary voice of the left, Tony Benn, introduces this collection of Winstanley’s work and shows how it still has the power to inspire us to turn our world upside down. Benn credits the Diggers, along with the Levellers, with helping to launch into the public domain ideas about freedom, equality and democracy which, though now regarded as normal were then hugely threatening of the status quo, and are “some of the most important radical ideas of all time.”

Winstanley and the Diggers saw the earth and its natural resources as belonging to all mankind, a “common treasury”.  Since the 15th century, the enclosure of land by private landlords had meant that the poor were unable to farm and increasingly had to rely on wage labour. The Diggers attempted to seize the revolutionary moment to reclaim these common rights to the land through both argument and direct action.  Protestant agrarian socialists, the Diggers are an example of the long-standing relationship between Christianity and radicalism.

Emerging at the end of the English Civil War, the Diggers started their colony at St George’s Hill on 1st April 1649, just two months after the King, Charles I had gone to the scaffold. While the Diggers were ultimately unsuccessful in reclaiming the common land and destroying the system of “enclosures”, Winstanley’s ideas resonate to this day.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 595 1 / $15.95 / £8.99 / CAN$20 / 192 pages
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For more information and to buy the book visit:
http://www.versobooks.com/books/479-a-common-treasury
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Part of Verso’s REVOLUTIONS series
http://www.versobooks.com/series_collections/6-revolutions

Other titles that may be of interest include:

GEOFFREY ROBERTSON presents THE LEVELLERS:­ THE PUTNEY DEBATES
http://www.versobooks.com/books/297-the-putney-debates

and

WU MING present THOMAS MÜNTZER :­ SERMON TO THE PRINCES
http://www.versobooks.com/books/367-sermon-to-the-princes

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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Revolution

NEW TITLES FROM VERSO’S REVOLUTIONS SERIES

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT’S A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN (introduced by SHEILA ROWBOTHAM)

THOMAS MUNTZER’S SERMON TO THE PRINCES (introduced by WU MING)

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SHEILA ROWBOTHAM presents

A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN

By MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

Published 2nd August 2010

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PRAISE FOR MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT:

“Every day she made theories by which life should be lived; and every day she came smack against the rock of other peoples’ prejudices. Everyday too – for she was no pedant, no cold-blooded theorist – something was born in her that thrust aside her theories and forced her to model them again.” – Virginia Woolf

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“It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness.” – MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

Renowned feminist historian SHEILA ROWBOTHAM, author of Edward Carpenter and Dreamers of a New Day, introduces a new edition of MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT’S seminal A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN, exploring Wollstonecraft’s unconventional and controversial life and the development of her groundbreaking work.

Originally written in 1790, Mary Wollstonecraft’s book remains one of the very first works of feminist philosophy. Groundbreaking in its demands for women’s rights, A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN remains one of history’s most important and eloquent broadsides against sexual oppression. Although controversial, it was well received on its publication, and the backlash against Wollstonecraft only began after her death, when details of her private life were published by her lover, William Godwin.

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SHEILA ROWBOTHAM is a Simon Professor at the University of Manchester . Her many books include the James Tait Black-shortlisted Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love and Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century.  She has written for many publications including the Guardian, The Times, the Independent, New Statesman, and the New York Times.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 446 6/ $15.95 / £8.99 / CAN$20 / 320 pages

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For more information visit:

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WU MING presents

SERMON TO THE PRINCES

By THOMAS MUNTZER

Published 12th July 2010

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“A locus classicus for those who wish to meditate on the bonds between religious activism and social upheaval, and to explore the volatile combination of theological innovation and political strategy.” – Alberto Toscano

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“Again and again, I hear nothing from the doctors of theology but the mere words of Scripture, which they have knavishly stolen from the Bible like malicious thieves and cruel murderers. They will be damned for this theft by God himself…” THOMAS MUNTZER

WU MING, the radical Italian authors’ collective, introduce this new edition of THOMAS MUNTZER’S sermons, alongside his final confession before being executed. Previously writing under the name Luther Blissett, WU MING are the authors of Q – the highly acclaimed novel dramatising the Protestant Reformation in which the protagonist fights alongside Muntzer in the Peasant’s War of 1524. The book also features an additional preface explaining the historical context of Muntzer’s sermons.

THOMAS MUNTZER was one of the most radical pastors of the Reformation. Originally a follower of Luther, he became frustrated at the limited nature of Luther’s stand against the church, later referring to Luther as “Dr Liar” and “the poisonous black raven”.  Demanding the realisation of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, Muntzer went on to lead the Peasant’s War of 1524, for which he was later beheaded.

WU MING’S characteristically sweeping introduction shows how Muntzer has continued to inspire radicals and visionaries for 500 years, from Marx and Engels to 21st century anti-capitalist protesters. They also draw direct parallels between the Peasant’s War and the 1990s Zapatista Levantmiento – “the most inspiring peasant uprising of our time”.

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WU MING is a collective of five fiction writers. Their bestselling books include the novel Q, written under the pseudonym of Luther Blissett, and 54. Their website is www.wumingfoundation.com.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 320 9/ $15.95 / £8.99 / CAN$20 / 172 pages

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For more information visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/klm/m-titles/muntzer_t_sermon_to_the_princes_rev.shtml

To buy the book in the UK :

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781844673209/Sermon-to-the-Princes

or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sermon-Princes-Revolutions-Alberto-Toscano/dp/1844673200/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1281955230&sr=8-1

To buy the book in the US :

http://www.amazon.com/Sermon-Princes-Revolutions-Thomas-Muntzer/dp/1844673200/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281955198&sr=1-1

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